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Pedal Power solutions to petroleum dependence and polluting vehicles: Arcata Library Bikes, Pedal Power Produce, and more!

CAOE - Committee Against Oil Exploration - stop offshore oil drilling to protect sensitive habitats and cut petroleum dependence.

Culture Change through music! The Depavers eco-rock!

Take our Pledge for Climate Protection and learn about the Global Warming Crisis Council.

SEI hometown action!
Arcata city council's proclamation against war on Iraq and Kyoto Protocol proclamation.

Overpopulation has become a reality.  Overpopulation Resources and News Tidbits

Sail Transport Network

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The Tribeless Shall Come Together for Success

The challenge before us all is to survive an ecological correction un-precedented for our species. This correction will likely include an economic collapse and a conversion to subsistence activities and trading. This change has oft been called "a transition to a sustainable society." The Waste Economy—today's consumeristic growth that has burgeoned for some decades-is widely seen as unsustainable and the cause of massive species extinction. The conditions under which we live are outrageous, but in many ways convenient and comfortable. The biggest corporate fallacy may be that those features of comfort are salvageable through a "transition" to a renewable-energy based consumer society. There is some leeway in how hard the correction or transition will be for our overpopulation. We of Sustainable Energy Institute (SEI) and the Auto-Free Times believe the source of these problems center around dependence on petroleum, roads, vehicles and pavement. If these dependencies are recognized and dealt with by society before our ecos dives into a correction course, people can work together in hopes of liberation and self-correction. Alternative land use, massive conservation of energy and sharing cooperatively can all lessen the hard impact of falling on our collective face on the inedible asphalt.

We could thus witness an awakening toward non-car transport, depaving for gardens, and working with those nearby strangers called neighbors. Of course, local business would thrive once unnecessary megacorporations begin to lose out in shrinking markets. This in itself could trigger a rapid depression including stock market collapse. ("Corporate systems for pollution and profit//Come apart at the seams//What a great depression" — Schoolmaster by the Depavers. The same song precedes that sentiment with an image of people first finding freedom and happiness as they "broke up all the asphalt." A tribal spirit helps move the groove.)

Q: What can you do about this out-of-control system frying the planet? Sprawl sucks, right? A: One thing you and many others can do is to support road fighting and bicycling. We naturally believe that the Auto-Free Times and our projects such as Pedal Power Produce and the fledgling Sail Transport Network (STN) are solutions to this toxic unreal culture. This is the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium's tenth year, and it is time for a huge push in the U.S. and around the world to meet our moratorium goal. Join us at APM's tenth year Anniversary Convention (stay tuned).

Our funding is quite modest; insufficient support has plagued us and limits our effectiveness. We don't want to give up, and will not. Your participation in our success in 2000 can take many forms. From applying our new "Fight Road Construction" bike sticker, to giving or obtaining a generous tax-deductible donation for our office and projects, you could steer attention and dollars to our consciousness- (and asphalt-) raising! Can you raise funds for us? Thank you, and enjoy this issue.